Welcome to Fundraising Europe, EFA's quarterly newsletter.
Fundraising Europe is distributed to fundraisers across Europe both directly by subscription to our newsletter and via EFA's members and observers, national fundraising associations and networks. Covering the latest fundraising developments, topical issues include fundraising regulation and best practice, cross-border donations, VAT, the level of philanthropy, impact of government cuts, fundraising techniques and trends and much more.
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EFA's latest newsletter provides updates on the latest EU developments on VAT and features national fundraising news, in addition to an expert view from Adrian Salmon of Grenzebach Glier and Associates Europe about the lessons European fundraisers can learn from the UK fundraising crisis on European fundraisers, an interview with Becky Gilbert, CFRE, on the developments in educational fundraising in Germany and top tips from digital communications expert, Kirsty Marrins, on making the most of twitter. Read more.
In EFA's latest round-up of fundraising news and views, we include the sector's tributes for Tony Elischer, new charitable giving research, an interview with Javier Ruiz of the Spanish Fundraising Association and a blog on digital fundraising from Raimonds Kulbergs of Funderful. Read more
In this Winter edition, we round up the latest fundraising news and views, highlighting findings from our 2015 Fundraising in Europe research report. We take a look at the national fundraising environment in Spain, feature expert opinions from co-authors and fundraising academics, Wendy Straife and Beth Breeze, on the need for greater public understanding of fundraising, as well as from Remember A Charity's Louise Pavoni giving tips for taking legacies online.
Here we round up the latest fundraising news and views, reporting on the need to harmonise SEPA banking processes and charities' participation in legacy promotion activity. We look at some of the challenges facing voluntary sector agencies in dealing with Europe's refugee crisis, the shake-up of fundraising standards in the UK and hear from Daryl Upsall about 20 years of face-to-face fundraising. Read more.
Photo: Syrian Refugees Crossing into Turkey, UNHCR (Photographer I. Prickett)
Issue 13. Spring 2015
In this Spring edition we round up the latest fundraising news and views, looking at the prominence of tax incentives for philanthropy in Europe. We turn the spotlight on fundraising in Austria, also featuring comment pieces on collaboration across borders and relationship fundraising. Read more.
Photo: Finnish Government Palace, Photographer: Janne Suhonen, Copyright: Prime Minister's Office
Issue 12: Winter 2014
After an eventful year for fundraising, EFA rounds up many of this year's developments and trends, in addition to the latest fundraising news and national charitable giving trends. We turn the spotlight on fundraising in Ireland, also featuring some inspirational fundraising campaigns selected by EFA members. Read more.
Photo: The Riksdag. Photographer: Melker Dahlstrand
Issue 11: Autumn 2014
In addition to our round-up of key fundraising news from across Europe, we look at two growing fundraising forms, the old and the new; legacies and viral fundraising. We also shine the spotlight on fundraising in Norway and hear from payment specialist, Rapidata about direct debits. Read more.
Issue 10: Summer 2014 - Shaping the Future
While the European Parliament awaits a new President, the wheels have been set in motion for a more harmonised regulatory framework that will likely impact nonprofits. In this edition of Fundraising Europe, we signpost the latest market developments including changes to SEPA, future options for VAT, national regulation and more. We turn the spotlight on fundraising in France, with viewpoints by Daryl Upsall on fundraisers' salaries and Jacob Rolin on change. Read more.
This edition of Fundraising Europe presents EFA's 2013/14 survey report findings, which paint a positive picture of voluntary income growth and an optimistic outlook for the future for fundraising in 2014. We also signpost key market developments that may impact nonprofits including the European elections, changes to SEPA, data protection developments and the current VAT consultation. We turn the national spotlight on Ukraine, fundraising in a climate of political and economical uncertainly and hear expert views from Lord Joel Joffe on Nelson Mandela's influence and from IoF policy officer, Caroline Drummond about new mobile phone security measures that may impact text giving. Read more.
Issue 8: Winter Edition - Transparency: Are Charities Going Far Enough?
At the end of the year, we look back on some of the key stories from 2013, highlighting regulatory developments that will have important implications for many nonprofits. The issue of transparency has been a common theme throughout this year and is explored by our columnists, expert spokespeople Ilja De Coster and Simon Scriver, who respectively address the challenge we face when dealing with media scandals and the importance of transparency and openness. Read more.
Issue 7: September 2013 - Advancing the Profession
The sector continues to advance and develop at a remarkable rate, with the world's first advanced fundraising qualification course welcoming its first intake of students. This edition of Fundraising Europe follows the theme of professional development, with our special focus feature looking at reports of a skills shortage in fundraising, particularly in the field of major giving. As such, it is topical that our case study features a phenomenal major gift campaign from Germany's inspirational Städel Museum. Our columnists address the importance of continuing professional development and of a solid understanding of fundraising markets. We turn the national spotlight on Slovakia, amid regulatory reform of public collections. Read more.
Issue 6: July 2013 - Influencing Reform
With the unification of legislation in many key areas across the EU, nonprofits have the opportunity to influence and mould the regulatory framework like never before. This edition of Fundraising Europe includes a briefing on four such important areas (Data Protection, VAT, SEPA and European Foundation Statutes), alongside a round-up of news from across Europe. We feature a case study on influencing EU policy from WWF and an expert view from Hanna Surmatz at the European Foundation Centre. We turn the member spotlight on the Netherlands, hearing from VFI about their exciting new programmes to promote legacy and mobile giving. Read more.
Issue 5: March 2013 - The Changing Face of European Fundraising.
This edition of Fundraising Europe highlights two key themes; cross-border collaboration and change. In our round-up of the latest fundraising news, we reveal the results of EFA's survey into the challenges and opportunities for European fundraising and how organisations are faring in the recession. We profile the Italian Fundraising Association, Lucy Gower speaks out about the need for fundraisers to innovate and Andrea McManus on engaging your board. Read more.
Issue 4: December 2012 - Celebrating 10 Years of Uniting the Fundraising Community. In this issue, European nonprofits defy the global trend for a charitable giving decline, sustaining income levels during the economic crisis. This edition looks to the challenges ahead, including SEPA and cross-border giving. We profile the Finnish Fundraising Association and featuring a case study on running successful award programmes and more. Read more.
Issue 3: September 2012 - Market Regulation. This issue explores regulation highlighting the growth of self-regulation within the industry, with personal viewpoints on the need for innovation in face-to-face fundraising and the challenges for fundraisers in Central and Eastern Europe. EFA profiles SwissFundraising and presents a case study on developing new fundraising qualifications. Read more.
Issue 2: May 2012 - Corporate Partnerships. This issue includes a special focus feature on corporate partnerships and expert viewpoints on impact reporting and EU data protections proposals. EFA profiles the German Fundraising Association and presents a case study on the Slovak Fundraising Centre. Read more.
Issue 1: February 2012 - Fundraising in 2012. In this issue, EFA members lay down their predictions for fundraising in 2012, we profile the Polish Fundraising Association and present a case study from the forthcoming association, Fundraisers Alliance Belgium. Fundraising experts express their views about the challenge of government cuts, VAT and more. Issue 1 can also be downloaded as a pdf. Read more.